Democracy is not a spectator sport

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Recent local reaction to gun violence in schools has taught us being a citizen in a democracy is not a spectator sport. Shaping the country’s response requires active participation and engagement in civic life. The actions of two central Minnesota women showed two paths among many complicated solutions to the causes and means of gun violence. They both ask each

St. John’s Prep presents ‘Les Miserables’

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The St. John’s Prep School Theater Department presents “Les Miserables” this weekend at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The cast includes 42 student actors, 22 musicians and a 12-person technical crew.    

Sartell March for Our Lives planned for Saturday

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A march is planned in Sartell for Saturday, March 24, as part of the national March for Our Lives movement. The Sartell march will start at 10 a.m. at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N., and end at First United Methodist Church. Sartell resident Angie Trulson organized the event. “I heard some people were going

Math Night counts as fun at Pine Meadow

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Parents and students gathered Friday, March 16 at Pine Meadow Elementary School for the first Math Night. The event, sponsored by the school’s Parent/Teacher Organization and Mathnasium, aimed to show math can be fun. “We want to help encourage STEM skills and community outreach to get kids excited about math,” said Julie Schmidt, PTO president. Students

Families gather for birdhouse building

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by Dennis Dalmannews@thenewsleaders.comElectric drills whirred loudly and the city council chambers smelled of fresh-cut wood during Birdhouse Building Day March 18 at St. Stephen City Hall.Sponsored by the St. Stephen Sportsmen’s Club, the annual activity is always popular with children, parents and grandparents.“I like building a birdhouse,” said Aiden Schmitz, 5, of St. Stephen. “I did this before. I think

Government operates best in sunshine, not darkness

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Every March, journalists celebrate Sunshine Week. It’s not about a Florida vacation but more importantly about the public’s right to know about what our government is doing in our name. Government works best for all of us when it operates in sunshine, not darkness. Journalists constantly challenge government officials for access to documents and meetings. But this effort is not